A number of crew members have been saved after evacuating two oil tankers hit by blasts in the Gulf of Oman. Iran said it had saved the 21 group individuals on board the Kokuka Courageous and the 23 on the Front Altair, however, the US said its Navy had protected a few.
The reason for the impacts in one of the world’s busiest oil courses is indistinct and the two vessels are as yet above water. An Iranian authority told the media that Iran has no association with the episode.
The reason has not been affirmed. The Norwegian-owned Front Altair had been “attacked”, the Norwegian Maritime Authority stated, prompting three blasts on board.
Wu I-fang, a representative for Taiwan’s CPC Corp oil purifier, which sanctioned the Front Altair, said it was conveying 75,000 tons of naphtha and was suspected with being hit by a torpedo, in spite of the fact that this has not been affirmed.
The ship’s owner, Frontline, said the vessel was ablaze – however, denied reports in Iran media it had sunk. The administrator of the Japanese-claimed Kokuka Courageous, BSM Ship Management, said its group relinquished ship and were safeguarded by a passing vessel. The tanker was conveying methanol and was not in risk of sinking, a representative said.
Iranian state media said Iran had protected the group individuals and they had been taken to the port of Jask.
Claude Denni was born and raised in San Jose. Claude has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Daily Democrat here in Californiar and NPR. As a journalist for Coastal Morning Star, Claude covers national and international developments.